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What to do When You have a Bad Case of the “What-Ifs”

on June 21, 2014

 

Our home has been invaded by blankets.

They drape our couches and cover our footstools creating tunnels for a secret hideout.

“Animal HQ”, the kids call it, the secret headquarters for stuffed animal secret agents.

I love their imagination and creativity.

Sometimes I hate my own.

I can watch any horror movie and come up with part two in my dreams.

My imagination is powerful.

The “what-if” monster attacks me all the time.

I’m willing to bet you’ve met him, too.

He lives in the future.

He’s a thief of the present.

I don’t know what your “what-if” monster is saying to you today.

Will you keep your job?

Will your kids be okay?

Does your spouse still love you?

What will the result of the test be?

How will I be able to take care of aging parents?

It’s plenty to keep you up at night.

It doesn’t have to.

Somewhere along the way, you have probably heard the story of David and Goliath.

Boy beats giant when no one thought he would.

Do you remember what David said when he was going to face that giant?

Right when fear should have been at an all time high, David spoke these words:

“God, who delivered me from the teeth of the lion and the claws of the bear, will deliver me from this Philistine.” I Samuel 17:35

Remember what God has done in the past and there will be no need to fear the future!

“God guards you from every evil, he guards your very life. He guards you when you leave and when you return, he guards you now, he guards you always.” Psalm 121:7-8 (The Message)

The God of yesterday, walks with you today.

The God who walks with you today will walk with you into tomorrow.

You will fail.

You will fall.

Yes, you will experience moments that break your heart.

You will also experience moments that make your heart.

You will love.

You will live.

You will overcome.

You will.

The God who lives in you has already overcome the world that tries to defeat you.

“In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” John 16:33 (The Message)

Let God be your hideout today.

“You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow, Say this: “God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!” Psalm 91:1 (The Message)

Hide beneath the blanket of his love.

“That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect you— under them you’re perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm. Fear nothing!” Psalm 91:1 (The Message)

Use your imagination to dream of all the things he has in store for you.

‘God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!

He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” Ephesians 3:20 (The Message)

Now, take that giant problem you have been wrestling with in your mind and hit in square in the head with that little dose of God’s word!

God has given you many stones in his word to aim straight at the head of that nasty old giant.

Take him down!

 

A little something extra:

Go to http://www.biblegateway.com

Type a word of a topic that is troubling you in the search box.

Find a verse or two on that topic.

Whenever that “what-if” monster comes your way, pull your verse out, look at it.

Yep, a stone straight to the head and down goes that monster.

THUD!

Another one bites the dust.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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